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Monday, April 4, 2011

Spring Break Fun

Last week was our Spring Break!! It was a MUCH NEEDED break from it all! Doug works so hard...and when he isn't working, he is busy coaching the boys in baseball. So, needless to say, it was SO NICE to have some DADDY time!!! We went to Tennessee for a few days. We weren't sure how the girls would do, but they were AWESOME! (As were the boys!) The girls slept in the car there and on the way home. We were worried about how Lily would do in the pool. When we got home from China, this little girl HATED water...HATED a BATH!!! We wondered if she would EVER want to get into a pool...well...check out this little sweetie now!!! She had a BALL!!! She was jumping in to her Daddy. Love her face in this one! LJ LOVED it too. They kept Daddy, Uncle D and the bros busy!!
LJ was getting more confident with big bro bren coaching her on!

Bryson cuttin' loose and havin' a blast!
Doug's sister and bro in law were able to come down as well..that made it all the more fun! Here are the twins (separated at birth...two mommies 5 days apart)

Brennan and Darci
Derek Andrew was being his silly self!
We were able to get a day with 65 degree weather, so we went for a hike! I didn't get any good shots of the girls..they were in the stroller as it was dangerous. We did let them out one time and they were running from us and it made me nervous!


Brennan Douglas
Bryson Quinn
Darci Renee
Derek Andrew
I LOVE this pic of four of my fav kiddos in the world!!!
Here's a great pic of Doug's Sis and her beautiful family!
Darryl and Deana
Rare photo of me and my sweets!



One blessed Momma! So thankful to have the time to slow down and enjoy the amazing blessings God has given me. So not worthy!

This time off really got us excited for the relaxation of Summer!!!

Be the HOPE 4 Orphans!

Julie

4 comments:

Julie R. said...

what part of tennessee? the falls look beautiful! so glad you had some great time away!! :)

The Gutmans' said...

Love it!!!! So glad you all got to spend some quality time together, I know that your lives are crazy busy!!! Love all the pictures. The one's of the girls and their sweet daddy in the pool & big brothers melt my heart. I laughed about the comment about you and your hubby, it's funny how many pics you have together before so many kids, ha!! Pictures of you all by the water fall, awesome!!

The Ritzmanns said...

Looks like a great time. I am tad bit jealous now. If you need me I'll be on VRBO.com looking for a place in the Smokies to take the family to.

I, too, would be nervous to let Addy out of the stroller on a hike. She thinks she is pretty independant at times.

Matt

Meggs said...

Hey Julie!
No worries in August! The weather is gorgeous in the mitten then! :) It's these last lingering weeks between winter/spring that gets us every time! Cute cute pics!!!